Lahore: Second FIR in plaza shooting case
LAHORE: Civil Lines police registered a case on Tuesday against its superintendent of police (investigation) and nine others in a case of attempted murder and illegal possession of a property. The case was registered on the orders of the district and sessions judge on an application by Advocate Umer Gondal, one of the claimants of the building. This is the second FIR lodged in connection with The Mall plaza shooting between the rival factions – Khalid Masood and Waqas Gondal — on May 7. The shooting left two people injured.
Police, on behalf of the state, had registered a case under sections 324, 148 and 149 of the Pakistan Penal Code and the 7 Anti–Terror Act against both groups.
According to the second FIR lodged under sections 324, 148, 149 and 380 of the PPC, complainant Umer Gondal stated that Khalid Masood, Saleem Cheema, Ali Raza, Imran, Aslam Jutt, Qaiser, Adnan, Chaudhry Rizwan and Salman Riaz on the instigation of Civil Lines SP Investigation Rana Azeem fired to kill him and his cousin in an attempt to take possession of their hotel in the plaza.
Civil Lines SHO Abid Rasheed said the two parties had already been in litigation.
He said Chaudhry Riaz, the plaza owner, had sublet the building to different parties. One of his partners, Khalid Masood, further allowed Waqas Gondal to set up a hotel in the building.
The SHO said the dispute flared up between the two sides after Waqas claimed that the hotel was his property while Khalid tried to retrieve his property.
He said the police had registered a second case on the orders of a sessions court judge and the second FIR would be the part of ongoing investigation relating to the first FIR.